When the World Breaks
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2010 | 84 min | Documentary Feature
Directed by: Hans FjellestadUSA
Cast & Credits
Producers: Joe Mundo, Jason Sallee
Cast: Jerry Stiller, Buzz Aldrin, Mickey Rooney, Phillys Diller, Fyush Finkel
Jerry Stiller in attendance. In 1929, the world was launched into the darkest time in modern economic history. That same year, Ernest Hemingway wrote, “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.” When the World Breaks is a film about creativity and survival during the Great Depression of the 1930s, with striking parallels to current times. Depression-era life and art come alive with rare film clips and personal stories from survivors like Ray Bradbury, Jerry Stiller, Buzz Aldrin, and Phyllis Diller to move beyond the bread lines and dust bowls into a vibrant cinematic portrait of this formative decade in American history.
About the Director
Hans Fjellestad is a Los Angeles filmmaker and musician best known for directing Moog, the award winning feature documentary about electronic music pioneer Robert Moog. His films Frontier Life, The Heart is a Drum Machine, and Lords of Chaos have been broadcast on major television networks including Showtime, MTV, PBS, and BBC.